Summary

Chris is a business and tax lawyer in Taft’s Cincinnati office. Chris serves as outside general counsel to small and medium-sized businesses, advising on corporate governance and strategic transactions.

In his tax practice, Chris counsels individuals and businesses on a wide range of issues including audit support, incentives, transactional planning, and tax litigation. He represents clients with tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service, state taxing authorities, and various localities across the U.S. Additionally, Chris has extensive experience advising companies, founders, and investors with compliance and planning opportunities involving IRC Section 1202 qualified small business stock (QSBS).

Prior to joining Taft, Chris was an attorney at a prominent U.S. law firm with a presence in the Midwest and South, and he also worked as a tax consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP. 

Chris earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a law clerk in the University's Office of Business and Finance. He received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina. Active in the local and legal community, Chris is a board member and secretary of the Center for Respite Care and an officer of the Cincinnati Bar Association's Tax Law and Corporate Law Committees, respectively.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2016)
  • University of South Carolina (2012)

Admissions

  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Secretary, Tax Law Committee
    Vice-Chair, Corporate Law Committee

  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Member

Community Involvement

  • Center for Respite Care

    Board Member, Secretary

  • University of Cincinnati

    College of Law, Adjunct Professor